Cigarette plain packs for NZ

The Government is to go ahead with its plan to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia said the Government would push ahead with its plans despite the threat of a similar legal challenge as one Australia has faced since introducing unbranded, standardised cigarette packets with large health warnings.

"We know we've got trade obligations. But we are confident plain packaging can be introduced with those.''

Mrs Turia said the Health Ministry would begin policy work around the plans immediately.

Regulations to implement plain packaging would occur once World Trade Organisation legal challenges were concluded.

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